Steve - @guitarmoog - and Chris - @ottocrat - investigate cakeism: the philosophy of having your cake and eating it, as preached and practised by the British government in its approach to Brexit. Each week, we explore the latest developments as we head towards Brexit and spend time wading through the weeds from the perspective of two long-standing Brussels and UK government insiders. Our aim: to inform you, our listeners, about EU realities and so, hopefully, to equip you to spot lies and to thwart attempts to manipulate you. There may be swearing. We are regularly joined by guests and occasionally by special guest co-hosts.
6 October 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
european politics, history, philosophy
Chris is joined by not one but two very special guests for ninety minutes of reliving late night undergraduate philosophy discussions as we ponder what it is to be a liberal
23 September 2020 | 49 mins 23 secs
boris johnson, brexit, conservative party, future relationship
The podcast returns, in a specific and limited way, after a long hiatus during lockdown. Chris and Garvan debate which is the biggest lie of all: is it the Northern Irish backstop? Or sovereignty? Why not both?
4 March 2020 | 1 hr 49 secs
brexit, european parliament, green deal, green party, mental health
Alviina Alametsä is a Member of the European Parliament from Finland whose particular policy interests are public mental health and conflict resolution, so who better to talk to Cakewatch about tackling the Brexit aftermath?
4 February 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
brexit, fta, future relationship, trade agreement
Will the future EU-UK relationship look like the one outlined by the European Commission in its proposal for a negotiating mandate? Chris Kendall and David Henig discuss.
22 January 2020 | 1 hr 43 mins
As we head into the final week of the UK's EU membership, we discuss Steve's album 'One Thousand Days', the challenges which EU citizens in the UK continue to face, and how one can help the other.
16 December 2019 | 1 hr 36 mins
brexit, electoral reform, eu, eu politics, european union, federalism, uk politics
The fight to Remain in the EU is over, but we did not go gently. The culture war now shifts to other fronts, and it will be a war of attrition. We talk a bit about that.
11 December 2019 | 14 mins 54 secs
boris johnson, greens, labour, lib dems, snp, tories, uk election, uk politics
Steve and Chris have a message for you.
3 December 2019 | 1 hr 12 mins
brexit, conservative party, eu, eu politics, general election, labour party, uk politics
EU and politics blogger Jon Worth joins Chris to take a deeper dive into tactical voting recommendations for next week's UK general election, plus some reflections on differences between politics in the UK and in other EU countries.
19 November 2019 | 58 mins 2 secs
brexit, conservative party, election, eu politics, labour party, tactical voting, uk politics
We train our laser sights on some unicorns of the centre and discuss why voting tactically is the morally right thing to do.
21 October 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
brexit, eu, europe, european parliament, peoples vote, politics, referendum, uk politics
Laura and Chris discuss the weekend's People's Vote march, the Johnson 'deal', and the view from Brussels, a city further enriched last week by the visit of Remainers Now. They talk about what brings them here.
2 October 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
brexit, conservative party, eu, revoke, tories, uk politics
The Bad News: Brussels wants the UK to “just get on with it”. The Good News: the populist revolution is eating itself. Or is it?
17 September 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
boris johnson, brexit, europe, general election, labour party, lib dems, no deal, politics, referendum, uk politics
Johnson's arrogant, disrespectful brinkmanship; hardening EU antagonism; and ways forward out of (or further into?) this mess. Plus: what happens the morning after an Article 50 revocation?
4 September 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
brexit, conservative party, eu, labour party, uk politics
After a night watching the House of Commons taking back control, are there grounds for hope? The minority government versus hung parliament contest is in its endgame.
5 August 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
brexit, eu, johnson, trump, uk politics, us politics
How do Americans view Brexit and the EU? Jason Knoll is a High School teacher from Wisconsin and also a huge fan of the European Union. He joins Chris via Skype from Verona, Wisconsin, to talk transatlantic about politics, parallels, and survival during difficult times.
23 July 2019 | 1 hr 12 mins
brexit, conservative party, eu, uk politics
Peter Wilding returns to the podcast to chat to Chris about the ongoing English Revolution and whether the Gammon Jacobins will have very long to savour their victory.
25 June 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
brexit, eea, efta, eu, referendum, single market, uk politics
Steve Analyst returns as co-host with Chris to talk about his latest monster Twitter thread documenting the manipulation of news footage in an attempt to convince Leavers that they knew they were voting to leave the Single Market.